Mar 072013

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About the Book:

When Sarah Carr’s husband Jamie drowns, her young life is shattered and takes a turn that she never expected. Pregnant and now widowed, she reaches out to Jamie’s family for help, but they are unwilling. Instead they devise a plan to have her kidnapped and taken to the Colonies to live a life of servitude. Sarah’s new life in the Colonies finds her surrounded by a family’s whirlwind of secrets, while she hopes the young doctor she loves with will bring her freedom.

Book Excerpt:

Lem Locke’s house stood on a green plain of ground above the rugged cliffs of Hell’s Mouth in St. Ives Bay. Far below, the sea thundered against sheer cliffs. Gulls screeched and flew in circles against the sky. Gray peppered stones made the old dwelling cold, the windows dark and uninviting. The door, also gray due to weathering and a lack of paint had a wrought iron handle and a rope knocker that dangled from a rusty hook, the end a ball of jute. Sarah could not help but wonder if the dreary house reflected the people within it.

Drawing in a deep breath, she trudged up the path and approached the door. She hoped Mary would see her from the window and rush out to greet her. But it wasn’t until she raised the knocker and let it fall that her sister-in-law appeared. The same height as Sarah, Mary stood beneath the lintel slim as a reed. She looked older since Sarah had last seen her. Her hair, partially tucked up beneath a white cap, hung straight around her ears and temples. Her mouth, lined by a hard life, looked drawn with worry.

A look of surprise sprung over Mary’s face. “Sarah? What are you doing here?” She looked down the road. “Where is my brother?”

“Hello, Mary. May I come inside? I must speak with you.”

Mary stepped back and waved her in. “Oh, please tell me he did not leave you and you have come to us for help. I will be very put out if he did.”

A lump swelled in Sarah’s throat. “Yes, he has left me. But not in the way you think.”

Rita Gerlach

About the Author:

Rita Gerlach writes inspirational historical fiction with a romantic bent, with unique settings in both America and England. She lives with her husband and two sons in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland.

Her latest book is Beyond the Valley.


My Review:

I enjoyed reading Beyond the Valley. It was a pretty easy and fast read for me.  Sarah was married to Jamie in Cornwall.  One night a ship crashed along the shoreline and Jamie went to see what he could find.  There was always cargo for those who took it.  Jamie drown that night – left poor Sarah and their unborn baby penniless.  She went to Jamie’s sisters in hope of being able to stay there.  Lem her brother-in-law did not want Sarah and a baby living with them so he paid to have her kidnapped and taken to the Americas.  Once she arrived in the colonies she was sold into slavery – but the family who bought her treated her well.  Then one day she meets a young doctor on her why home.  Does more become of this meeting?  You will need to read Beyond the Valley to find out. I am sure you will enjoy this book as I did.


I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and the review is honest and my responsibility.



  8 Responses to “Beyond The Valley Book Review”

  1. This book review is so interesting. I really like the story about this women who has to face such adversity and to see how see comes out of it is interesting to find out. I like to check into this book, and read it for myself.

  2. I would like to read this book.

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  4. You have made me interested in this book. Very good review.

  5. Sounds like something I would like to read. I’ll check it out. Thanks.

  6. sounds like a very good read!

  7. This book sounds good, I will have to keep my eye out.

  8. I am an avid reader and I would like to read both of these books. Thank you for the review and preview of what the books are about. It got my attention!

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